Five Questions With | Magda Archer
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Five Questions With | Magda Archer

11 Apr 2019

In this week's edition of '5 Questions with' we got to sit down with the lovely Magda Archer. Just like her fabulous artwork, her answers did not fail to put a smile on our faces. Read on to learn more about what the artist is up to...

5 Questions with... Magda Archer!

Magda Archer has long been a Hang-Up favourite. As you may have noticed we love a tongue-in-cheek artwork that can both make us laugh and think twice about some bigger issues. Archer's work does just that. It's been a while since we had a proper catch-up with the artist and we are curious to know what she's up to. With the launch of her new print, exclusive to Hang-Up, it was the perfect excuse to ask her 5 questions. Here it goes... Magda Archer in her studio
Hang-Up Gallery: We are very excited to have exclusivity of your new print 'Don’t Smoke Inside You Twats'. Can you tell us more about your process when it comes to creating?
Magda Archer: I made this print because my daughter had a party when I was on holiday. She didn’t tell me she’d had a party but I found a note she’d stuck on the wall ’Don’t smoke inside you twats!’ I thought that was quite funny and it made me smile.
Magda Arher's brand new release is now available, exclusive to Hang-Up. Click on the image to place your order.

HU: Hang-Up Gallery works with a diverse range of artists. If you could collaborate with one, who would it be and why?
MA: I’d collaborate with David Shrigley cause he’s my pal, we sometimes DO chat about work but it’s very general, maybe we’d chat too much and have to be separated like in a classroom situation, leading each other astray. Failing that collaboration, definitely Harland Miller, his paintings are lush.


HU: Summer is just around the corner - Are you working on anything special these days and what can we expect to see from you in the near future?

MA: I’m making some small paintings on paper of my usual ‘fluffies/ modern life problems’ and I’m doing some bigger acrylic paintings on canvas about love, loss and near misses …the general state of your heart and lungs, scarring… quite poignant for me right now.

Magda Archer's artworks used in Comme des Garcons' 2012 SHIRT campaign

HU: From collaborating with Comme des Garcons to exhibiting at the Royal Academy’s famous ‘Summer Exhibition’ in 2018, the last few years have been exciting for you, to say the least. What has been your proudest moment as an artist so far?

MA: Grayson Perry and Humphrey Ocean’s continual encouragement, they are both all-around, good blokes who make me laugh, its a bit like a ‘ready brek glow’.

Magda Archer's 'Please Don't Talk To Me About Art' in the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition 2018, which was curated by Grayson Perry

HU: You have one album to play in your studio forever more - What would it be?

MA: My own album ‘THIS IS BROMLEY’. Certain people tease me about being my own biggest fan, I never get tired of hearing it. My friend, the producer, Steve Brown and I prat about in his studio, we’re called ‘The Cola Cubes’. It’s just pure, unadulterated FUN. (First two tracks now out on Spotify).
We're In the Shit

Thank you for taking the time to chat with us Magda. Click here to browse Magda Archer's incredible illustrations. Thank you for reading this week's '5 Questions with', he hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Till next time,

Hang-Up Team xx

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